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Love Thy Neighbor; Melt Thy Handgun
Never in the history of the world has anyone died by a bullet when no gun was present. Guns kill people. Period.
The minute we decide to put a handgun in our lives — our home, our car, our handbag — is the moment we alert our neighbors that we’re willing to kill them if we feel threatened by them, right or wrong.
There are a lot of guns out there now, it’s true. So we better get started disposing of them today because it will take a long time. Start by making semi-automatic and automatic everything flat-out illegal. Melt down, turn in all personal handguns. Make a public spectacle of it. Send the message that we aren’t willing to kill our neighbors; that we trust them. And if we don’t trust them, we trust the universe and our own positive intent.
For those unwilling, regulate the hell out of both weapons and ammunition. Make it infeasible to be a gun owner.
Look, it’s my preference that you not kill Bambi’s mother. The grocery stores have lots of food in them, and most of it didn’t require death to be delicious. But if you must hunt, or if you’re afraid of snakes around your place, I’ll give you a by.
But handguns, no. Not okay. Just no. Please. Be better than they are.